UPDATE 7 AUGUST 2020 Apologies for a late and long one tonight, however it was a tough day, as well many questions coming through all channels, so a couple of explanations as well reminders are needed?👍
BORDER ‘BUBBLE’ GOLD COAST -will have very strict rules and only exists for residents from Tweed Shire Council area and Gold Coast Council area. These residents can travel within the 'bubble' or designated area, however if they step outside the border zone, normal restrictions will apply. An example. If a Tweed Heads resident goes down to Lennox Heads to do some surfing but works in Palm Beach, they won’t be able to come into QLD without paying for mandatory hotel quarantine like anyone else. The ‘bubble’ is very defined with residents who work in Brisbane unable to access the capital city, and is only being setup as cross border communities are very unique. There will be special passes that need to be updated every 7 days, so all care is being taken to ensure the rules are followed. Imagine the difficulty if we had a border between Noosaville and Noosa Heads? 😟This is the difficulty being faced in that community and the reason the ‘bubble’ is being setup.
COVID RESTRICTION EXEMPTIONS REMINDER – The Chief Health Officer (CHO) has said that exemptions will be very rare with these latest border changes, however that does not mean that exemptions will not be granted at all. We have been contacted by some of our residents caught in very tragic circumstances and although we can’t influence the CHO’s decisions, we do recommend that anyone in these circumstances go to healthserviceportal.health.qld.gov.au/hdsp
COVID TESTING – You can easily search for COVID testing sites online, and these are continually changing as needs dictate. As we saw in Brisbane recently, as soon as there is a potential outbreak and a greater need for testing, government swiftly responds with extra testing facilities. Although we currently have no cases of concern in the Noosa region, local medical outreach service, Sunny Street, have setup a testing clinic at The J in addition to our 3 other testing sites. This service operates from 9am – 5pm seven days and you can either drop in or book by calling Sunny Street on 5313 7778. To check for other testing locations please visit www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fev... or call 13 HEALTH.
STATE ROADS – Although there are no state managed roads within the urban area of Noosa, there are in our hinterland regions and on the approaches to Noosa. There are currently responses underway for the issues reported on the Pomona – Kin Kin Rd, so please be extra careful when driving the ‘range’. I will be there in the morning to see the damage that has occurred . A reminder to call 13 19 40 to report a road incident, hazard or pothole impacting traffic and requiring urgent attention on state roads. For local roads you can contact Noosa Council www.noosa.qld.gov.au/about-council/contact-council or use the SnapSendSolve app www.noosa.qld.gov.au/about-council/contact-council/snap-send-solve
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – Restrictions, lock downs, constant changes, and concerns for our health, businesses and families during this time does take a toll, and the impacts on our mental wellbeing should not be underestimated. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there is help available. From our St Vinnies, Red Cross or Salvos through to information and advice on the QLD Mental Health Commissions website. If you don’t know where to turn to, call any of these organisations, our office (5319 3100) or visit info.qmhc.qld.gov.au/covid19-and-mental-health
RESTRICTION BREAKERS – We have all seen and heard of those not following the current restrictions and thereby putting our residents, businesses, and community at risk. It is not up to us to determine, that is for the police, and ask our 'lookouts' to report any concerns to Policelink on 131 444 or via www.police.qld.gov.au/units/policelink-131-444
MOBILE OFFICE – Rain, hail or shine, I will be during the ‘country’ run tomorrow, with Kin Kin the first stop at 8am. From there to Cooran, Pomona and Cooroy. Under COVID safe conditions, this office will be a tad different than the ‘norm’, with drop ins and street side catch ups! Just message me if you need a dedicated slot, otherwise call out 😊
To finish. As you can imagine, our office continues to be inundated with concerns . Be reassured that QLD’s response strategies and processes include the capacities that were made available during the emergency phase, with the added benefit of all that was learnt since then. So please, all you need to do is as always (yes you know it by heart!!) though there is one extra to add... please no hoarding(I still don't 'get' the passion for toilet paper?) though I confess I am hoarding hug credits!! 😍🤣
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and to those whom are caught in some really difficult situations, we send our heartfelt wishes and will keep working to assist you in any way we can over the weekend.
RUNWAY 13. A visit the Sunny Coast airport where 52% of inbound passengers pre COVID were Noosa bound. To get updates, including the need for an upgrade to the 'apron' for our firefighters, and works by the Airport Community Group which incorporates Noosa representatives. Yes, this visit was eerily empty, and a reminder of the work ahead. However a once in a lifetime opportunity to get on the 'runway', even though not model material? #visitnoosa#recovery... See MoreSee Less
NOOSA BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE at a very long COVID Safe rectangle one! After 5 months this is the first time we had come together 'in person' versus via teleconference, and it was definitely different! Much covered and updated, as well considered as we head into more challenges. Thank you and congratulations to Emma from the Hastings Street Association, Noosa Heads for providing everyone with Covid-19 Action Response Cards which are handy and concise for all businesses during this time and in the many months ahead. #strategy#noosabiz#together... See MoreSee Less
PROGRESS MEET 'UPS'. It has been a long journey between the identification of sites, processes and roadblocks, however we are getting there! Affordable housing options are essential if we are ever to address our increasing homelessness, including our over 55's women currently at further risk. As well, decrease the contributors to domestic violence and to increase mental and physical wellbeing of our community. Thank you to CEO Andrew from Coast2Bay Housing Group for tolerating my frustration, and impatience! 👍🙏 #raisetheroof#WeCan#WEMUST... See MoreSee Less